Michael Powell of the Times looked into Al Jazeera’s source – an unpaid intern named Charles Sly – and it seems that all the names he mentioned trace back to a Florida-based fitness trainer named Jason Riley.
Sly is a business partner of Riley’s. When Sly applied for a pharmacist license in Florida, he used Riley’s home address.
Riley and Sly founded Elementz Nutrition, a nutritional supplements company whose website and Facebook page feature many athletes Sly mentioned on camera.
And this is where Jeter comes in. Maybe Derek will defend his good name in the Player’s Tribune? Or hire Ari Fleischer?
Riley’s work as a trainer is so celebrated that he carries a reputation as “baseball’s M.V.P. of the post-steroids era.”
His most famous client, the man whose career he was credited with reshaping and saving from mortality’s shadow, was Derek Jeter. In 2010, a few years into Riley’s makeover, The Daily News proclaimed: “Derek is turning back the clock at short.” ESPN declared Riley “dumped the Captain into a hot tub time machine” and turned him into a 25-year-old.
So the seedy sources for Al Jazeera was in business with Derek Jeter’s trainer? That’s … sub-optimal. Worse yet? The Times reports that after the Peyton Manning story blew up … Elementz Nutrition “voluntarily dissolved and closed its doors.”
I’m sure this is the end of it.